Daily Trust (Abuja)

8 January 2013

Nigeria: NFF Denies Owing Eagles' Coaches N48 Million

The Nigeria Football Federation yesterday slammed newspaper (not Daily Trust) reports alleging that the nation's football-governing body is owing coaches of the Super Eagles the sum of N48 million.

Speaking in Abuja, Chairman of the NFF Finance Committee, Dr. Shehu Adamu said the reports were not only in bad taste, but calculated to put the Federation in poor light and cause unnecessary tension in the National Team's camp.

"The reports of NFF owing Eagles' coaches the sum of N48 million is not only incorrect, it is mischievous. Today is the seventh day of the month; even if you add up this new month that we are yet to get one quarter of the way, the amount we owe them is not up to N48 million.

"It is sad that at this time that all fair-minded and noble football stakeholders are supposed to be working together with the Federation and the team to see that we do the country proud at the Cup of Nations in South Africa, some persons are bent on creating undue anxiety through false reporting." Also in Abuja, NFF General Secretary, Barrister Musa Amadu dismissed insinuations that there is unease in the Super Eagles' camp as a result of the simulated debt.

"It is unfair for people to go to town with these untrue statements at a critical time like this. There is absolutely no tension in Faro; everyone is fine and the coaches and players are looking forward to bringing glory to Nigeria in South Africa.

"Why have people not asked questions on how the NFF was able to raise money to finance the team's camping in Abuja, take the team to Faro and arrange for friendly matches? Instead, people are coming with diversionary falsehood."

Amadu also lampooned reports that Chairman of the NFF Technical Committee, Barrister Chris Green has been at loggerheads with the Super Eagles' technical crew over selection of players.

"This is another falsehood. Barrister Green has a very cordial relationship with the Head Coach and other members of the technical crew. They have respect for him and he also respects them. There has never been any disagreement between them because Barrister Green is a gentleman and does not impose himself unnecessarily.

"Barrister Green is a very hard-working and diligent person and is not in the business of over-reaching his territory.

"I want to charge our good friends in the media to be positive and supportive at this very crucial time, and work towards the same positive goal with the Federation, the players, the coaches and all those involved in Nigeria's imminent campaign in South Africa," Amadu concluded.

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